Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Loss of Control on Ground: Piper PA-18-150 Super Cub, N4100Z; accident occurred March 09, 2019 at Pullman/Moscow Regional Airport (KPUW), Whitman County, Washington

Additional Participating Entity:
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Spokane, Washington

Aviation Accident Factual Report - National Transportation Safety Board:  https://app.ntsb.gov/pdf

Investigation Docket - National Transportation Safety Board: https://dms.ntsb.gov/pubdms


Location: Pullman, WA
Accident Number: GAA19CA159
Date & Time: 03/09/2019, 1220 PST
Registration: N4100Z
Aircraft: Piper PA18
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Defining Event: Loss of control on ground
Injuries: 1 Minor
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General Aviation - Personal 

The pilot of the tailwheel, ski-equipped airplane reported that, while landing off airport, on a snow-covered ridge, the back of the right ski struck about a 6" tall, firm snow drift. The right ski then pitched forward, the tip dug into the "crusty" snow, and the airplane nosed over.

The airplane sustained substantial damage to the fuselage, empennage, and lift strut.

The pilot reported that there were no preaccident mechanical failures or malfunctions with the airplane that would have precluded normal operation.

Pilot Information

Certificate: Private
Age: 63, Male
Airplane Rating(s): Single-engine Land; Single-engine Sea
Seat Occupied: Front
Other Aircraft Rating(s): None
Restraint Used: 4-point
Instrument Rating(s): None
Second Pilot Present: No
Instructor Rating(s): None
Toxicology Performed: No
Medical Certification: Class 3 With Waivers/Limitations
Last FAA Medical Exam: 07/25/2017
Occupational Pilot: No
Last Flight Review or Equivalent: 05/27/2017
Flight Time: (Estimated) 2379 hours (Total, all aircraft), 1268 hours (Total, this make and model), 2379 hours (Pilot In Command, all aircraft), 38 hours (Last 90 days, all aircraft), 21 hours (Last 30 days, all aircraft) 

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Piper
Registration: N4100Z
Model/Series: PA18 150
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Year of Manufacture: 1964
Amateur Built: No
Airworthiness Certificate: Normal; Utility
Serial Number: 18-8114
Landing Gear Type: Ski/wheel; Tailwheel
Seats: 2
Date/Type of Last Inspection: 07/20/2018, Annual
Certified Max Gross Wt.: 2000 lbs
Time Since Last Inspection:
Engines: 1 Reciprocating
Airframe Total Time: 5459.45 Hours
Engine Manufacturer: Lycoming
ELT: C126 installed, activated, did not aid in locating accident
Engine Model/Series: O-320-B2B
Registered Owner: Mountain Escape Llc
Rated Power: 160 hp
Operator: On file
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None 

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: Visual Conditions
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KPUW, 2551 ft msl
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Observation Time: 1153 UTC
Direction from Accident Site: 300°
Lowest Cloud Condition: Few / 2300 ft agl
Visibility:  10 Miles
Lowest Ceiling:
Visibility (RVR):
Wind Speed/Gusts: Calm /
Turbulence Type Forecast/Actual: None / None
Wind Direction:
Turbulence Severity Forecast/Actual: N/A / N/A
Altimeter Setting: 29.95 inches Hg
Temperature/Dew Point: -9°C / -11°C
Precipitation and Obscuration: No Obscuration; No Precipitation
Departure Point: Pullman/Moscow, WA (PUW)
Type of Flight Plan Filed: None
Destination: Pullman/Moscow, WA (PUW)
Type of Clearance: None
Departure Time: 1220 PST
Type of Airspace: Class E

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Minor
Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Passenger Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Fire: None
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 1 Minor
Latitude, Longitude: 46.735833, -117.088056 (est)

COLFAX, Washington - A pilot received minor injures but didn't need medical attention after a single engine plane crash south of Pullman Airport.

The Whitman County Sheriff's Office responded to the report of a single engine plane crash shortly after noon on Saturday, March 9.

Initial reports indicated the pilot was practicing "touch-and-go" landings in a field near the airport while piloting his 1964 Piper Super Cub aircraft.

The aircraft had skids on the landing gear for use on snow fields or frozen terrain, according to the Sheriff's Office. During an attempt to land the plane, it appeared one of the skids dug into the field, causing the plane to flip, landing on its top.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.khq.com

A 63-year old Pullman man piloting a single-engine plane suffered minor injuries after the plane crashed at about noon today in a field between Pullman and Moscow.

Keith Kopf was practicing touch-and-go landings on frozen terrain in a field near the Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport, when one of the skids on his 1964 Super Cub Aircraft dug into the dirt, causing the airplane to flip, according to a media release from the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office.

The plane landed on its top.

Kopf did not require medical attention, the release stated. He was the only occupant in the plane.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://lmtribune.com

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